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Italian Grand Prix — another grand farce

Ron Dennis While Lewis Hamilton and McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso yesterday battled for pole position for today’s Italian Grand Prix, Italian police said they had served writs on five McLaren employees, including team boss Ron Dennis.

In the real event, McLaren fended off Ferrari on the track, with Alonso taking pole ahead of Hamilton.

Off track, Ron Dennis has vowed to clear his team of any wrongdoing at a hearing of the World Motor Sports Council in Paris on Thursday. Now they may have to defend themselves in the Italian courts as well.

Formula One seems to be morphing from grand prix to grand farce.

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Lewis Hamilton blows up in Istanbul

Lewis Hamilton looked like coming home in third place in a Turkish Grand Prix where his car could not keep pace with the flying Ferraris. That hope disappeared when a tyre blew with 15 laps to go.

In the event Felipe Massa, who drove to a second consecutive victory at this track, was second and Kimi Raikkonen, also in a Ferrari, third.

Hamilton said, “I had no warning, I went off and almost hit the barrier. The wheel just locked up and I was very lucky to get the car stopped. I tried to keep going, but the tyre got worse and worse. I reached Turn 12 and the car wouldn’t steer. I got to the pitlane and almost hit the wall. It was a real fight and I was relieved to get it back.”

Typically he kept his head and returned to the race after a pit stop. He was later overtaken by team-mate Fernando Alonso, but remains ahead in the Drivers’ World Championship.

Top Ten in Turkish Grand Prix
1, F Massa (Br, Ferrari) 1min 26:42.161sec
2, K Raikkonen (Fin, Ferrari) at 2.275sec behind
3, F Alonso (Sp, McLaren Mercedes) 26.181
4, N Heidfeld (Ger, BMW Sauber) 39.674
5, L Hamilton (GB, McLaren Mercedes) 45.085
6, H Kovalainen (Fin, Renault) 46.169
7, N Rosberg (Ger, Williams Toyota) 55.778
8, R Kubica (Pol, BMW Sauber) 56.707
9, G Fisichella (It, Renault) 59.491
10, D Coulthard (GB, Red Bull Renault) 1min 11.009sec.

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